Twenty-seven years after Joe Shuster published his first Superman comic strip, the man who invented the superhero didn’t “own a single hair on his indestructible head,” wrote Alexander Ross. Shuster and his writing partner, Jerome Siegel, “may turn out to be the most distinguished losers of the 1960s.” In 1966, Shuster was fighting for the rights to Superman.
Out of this world
“The most thrilling moment was looking at Earth,” Roberta Bondar wrote in this exclusive Maclean’s report. Upon returning from her mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery, the first Canadian woman to travel in space penned the story of the unforgettable moments before the shuttle lifted off at precisely 9:52:33 a.m. EST on Jan. 22, 1992.
In September 1992, the killing of nine underground miners left Yellowknife in mourning. After a year of uncertainty, this Maclean’s report reminded us of a community that turned into a compassionate haven for the families of the victims—even as the perpetrators of the explosion at the nearby Giant Mine were still at large.
A transfer of power
For 111 years, Maclean’s has told the story of Canada, and our place in the world. Donald Trump’s ground-shaking election win sent shockwaves around the world. As America’s neighbours, we could feel the effects of Trump’s presidency more than most. This collection of stories looks back at the pomp and pageantry of past presidential eras. We are about to once again witness a ritual sense of occasion as Trump takes office. His inauguration will mark not only the peaceful transfer of presidential power, but also the rise of what pundits are calling “The Trump World Order.”
New year, new you?
“We live in an era when the human instinct to survive has morphed into the complex desire to thrive,” Maclean’s writer Cathy Gulli wrote last year. We’re safer, richer, healthier—and more miserable—than ever before. What does new research reveal about happiness and how to find it? Curated from the archives, these stories remind us of our best intentions for the new year, from the Fitness Boom of 1977 to major breakthroughs in science that proved plant foods helped prevent cancer and heart disease, and even slowed the aging process.